Sunday, July 24, 2016

Snow, Express trains and Cheese fondue #SwitzerlandTravels Part 2

Read the first leg of our #SwitzerlandTravels here

Interlaken is a paradise for adventure lovers, from hiking, biking, paragliding, skiing there is a lot one can do. We had planned an early morning trek up to Harder Klum, followed by a lazy afternoon exploring the castles of Schloss Thun. However the rains had other plans for us. We waited till about noon for the skies to clear but no such luck, and although a bit disappointed we decided to continue our trip to the charismatic and charming city of Lucerne.

Views from the train

Friday, July 22, 2016

Two Hundred by @mansilausdeo @YuimiDemi #DailyChatter @blogchatter

I find writing short stories really difficult, the art of creating a punch in a few words and leaving the reader with a feeling of wanting more, is a challenge. Having tried my hand at writing 55 fiction, drabble and flash fiction, I was looking forward to reading Mansi And Yuimi's well curated and impeccably designed Two Hundred - an anthology of terribly twisted short stories.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Snow, Express trains and Cheese fondue #SwitzerlandTravels Part 1

As we walked out of the airport towards the city center, the red Rathaus shined through the Basel landscape oozing history and culture. It was a wet day and we had a couple of hours in Basel before catching a train to Interlaken, so after having a deliciously hearty meal we spent our timing lazing at the banks of the river Rhine.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Through a Stranger’s Eyes @Maggielawate @blogchatter #DailyChatter

Living in London, adapting to a new country and its culture has not only made me embrace the unknown but has taught me a lot about myself and the world. When I read Maggie's 'Through a Stranger’s Eyes' which is a personal account of her life in America and how that time has shaped her personality, I couldn't help but feel an eerie connection.

Friday, July 8, 2016

'Aerogramme and other Poems' by @DivenitaEr @blogchatter

Nivedita, a fellow blogger, poetry aficionado and editor pours her heart out in 'Aerogramme and other Poems' and takes the reader on a vivid journey of memories. Memories that recapture 'everyday' moments in life. Few of them invoked a sense of nostalgia and few brought me closer to the beauty of passing moments.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

@edrelf Vision brings Hassle free Laundry to your doorstep @laundrapp

With my 9-5 job, I usually wait for the weekend to do the entire week's laundry. The flip side to that is I loose out on half a day with first putting the clothes in the washing machine, hanging the clothes for drying and finally ironing them. And most of the times, procrastination catches the better of me. The clothes keep piling up on the chair and when I finally get to them, ironed clothes come at the price of a strained back.

So I was very tempted when I got to know that just as a tap on my smart phone can get me an Uber or get me that cheesy pizza while lying on the couch, I could also with just a swipe get my clothes laundered with laundrapp.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Harp by Nidhi Dalmia #BookReview

I was thinking I'll have something to read on my way to work, a nice book which as the blurb promised, would take me through India, Europe and USA, and give me a peek into the lives of three young people as they engage with the cultural, sexual and student revolutions, and the music of the sixties.

A story about love, longing and coming of age - I thought I had found my perfect travel companion. The 60 minutes of reading I can sneak into my packed day, I was looking forward to it....

Oh boy, I was not expecting to be turned off, so bad, so fast.

I don't know how to start a review for a book that was so hard to read. Which didn't connect with me on any level despite of my honest efforts. Really, I did give it a try.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

#CreativePoetry Inspired by @austinkleon #NewspaperBlackout

For the last few months, I haven't been doing too well with my writing projects and blogging. With full time work, I feel exhausted by evening and after cooking dinner just feel like unwinding in front of the TV. We've been catching up on Game of Thrones and also binge watching on The Mentalist.

Trying my best to get of out of this writer's block, I have been seeking inspiration anywhere I can find. And that's when I found Austin Kleon's newsletters and discovered how to make a newspaper blackout poem

It is lots of fun and a perfect way to use my travel time. I was a bit iffy sharing these on the blog at first, but here you go. Do let me know, what you think?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

#CanterburyTales A Day trip from London #PhotoFriday

April was a busy month, and a day away from chaotic London was just what the doctor had ordered.

A day away from my 9-5 work routine, a day amidst nature, getting caught in the rain, playing hide and seek with the sun, rejuvenating and getting inspired by medieval history.

So on a wet Saturday afternoon, instead of brooding and staying in in our pyjamas, we decided to hop on to the high speed javelin trains from St Pancras and head to the city that inspired Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic book - The Canterbury Tales.

Friday, April 29, 2016

One Year Living in London

One year. Away from home. New city, new country. 18th April marked the day we left our comfortable nests in India, gathered our belongings, our hearts, and flew to the city of London. I can't believe it is one year already.

The morning after our first step in this vibrant city, I got up to new sights and smells. The spring air, the smell of freshly grounded coffee and bakes, the many heads in business suits hurrying their way into the crowd and out, the busy buskers tuned to their beloved instruments, the disheveled figures hanging on to their dreams from the night before - everything beckoned me to a new adventure. And that's what the past year has been, an adventure, a journey and on the way many lessons.